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Shakedown Reviews

SHAKEDOWN is an absurd crime film that is also highly entertaining, thanks to some impressively mounted action scenes and strong performances from Peter Weller (ROBOCOP) and Sam Elliott (MASK). Veteran action-film director James Glickenhaus (THE EXTERMINATOR; THE SOLDIER) juggles the various strands of his complicated plot line with aplomb and plows through the expository elements at breakneck speed in order to "cut to the chase." As a 14-year veteran of the public defender's office, Roland Dalton (Weller) finds evidence of large-scale corruption within the New York City police department. Richie Marks (Elliott), the only honest narcotics detective on the force, teams up with Dalton to expose the corruption. This leads to several outrageous action scenes, including a massive shoot-out/chase in Times Square, a Coney Island roller coaster careening off its tracks, and Elliott clinging to the landing gear of a Lear jet as it zooms over Lower Manhattan. SHAKEDOWN is a big, bawdy, comic movie in which plausibility doesn't exist. Luckily, Glickenhaus establishes a movie universe in which just about anything can happen and horribly obvious plot devices simply don't matter.